former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
SACRAMENTO – A pro-family group is calling on California parents to
pull their kids out of school after the state instituted a mandatory "gay"
day in public schools in honor of Harvey Milk – a homosexual activist and
reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of
the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
SaveCalifornia.com led a
statewide battle against "Harvey Milk Day" before California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger signed the S.B.
572 on Oct. 12.
The bill designates May 22 – Milk's birthday – a date of "special
significance" and encourages all California public schools to "conduct
suitable commemorative exercises … remembering the life of Harvey Milk and
recognizing his accomplishments as well as the contributions he made to this
It requires no parental consent for student participation.
SaveCalifornia President Randy Thomasson is warning parents to keep their
sons and daughters home. His group has launched
a boycott, urging parents to pull their children out of school for a
day, a week or even all year if they can.
"Fathers and mothers are angry about Harvey Milk Day pushing this extreme,
perverse role model upon their kids," Thomasson said. "Children belong to
parents, not to the state! Since SB 572 has no opt-out, boycotting Harvey
Milk Day and pulling their children out of the imploding government school
system is the only way for parents to protect their girls and boys."
The group believes the boycott will also send a strong message to school
districts that they should not use class time to celebrate Harvey Milk Day
or they will risk losing daily attendance funds.
SaveCalifornia noted that even school districts in traditionally
conservative areas are allowing teachers to promote Harvey Milk.
According to the Santa Clarita Signal, William S. Hart Union High School
District Spokeswoman said teachers may include discussion of Milk in their
"If it happens to be in a literature class or a social studies class, it can
be included as long as it's related to the topic," she said.
According to the report, "Teachers will be encouraged to conduct exercises
recalling Milk's life and contributions to the state."
SaveCalifornia reports that Equality
California, a California homosexual political activism group, is
planning to develop a curriculum to promote Harvey Milk's values in public
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "The measure was backed by
Equality California, the largest gay-rights organization in the state. Geoff
Kors, executive director of the group, said it would develop curriculum for
schools and teachers to use on Milk's birthday."
S.B. 572 states, "Perhaps more than any other modern figure, Harvey Milk's
life and political career embody
the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights
movement in California, across the nation, and throughout the world."
Milk's ties to Jim Jones
appeared in a Temple-produced brochure publicizing the
accomplishments of Jonestown (photo: The Jonestown Institute)
But lawmakers have overlooked Milk's
ties to Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown,
Jones led a cult to the "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project" in the 1970s
in Guyana after a career leading the religious organization in San
The cult became notorious when on Nov. 18, 1978, 918 people died – mostly
from cyanide poisoning – in the settlement. The deaths were described as a
"revolutionary suicide" by Jones and other members on an audio tape of the
The poisonings of more than 900 people, including those of 276 children,
followed by hours the murders of five people by Peoples Temple members at a
One of the victims was Rep. Leo Ryan, the only member of Congress ever to
die in the line of duty. He was investigating complaints from members who
had left the cult about brutal beatings, murders and a mass suicide plan.
Milk had spoken at several political rallies at the Jones' Peoples Temple.
According to "'My
Lord, What a Mourning:' Twenty Years Since Jonestown," following one
earlier visit to Jones' temple, Milk reportedly wrote, "Rev. Jim, It may
take me many a day to come back down from the high that I reach today. I
found something dear today. I found a sense of being that makes up for all
the hours and energy placed in a fight. I found what you wanted me to find.
I shall be back. For I can never leave."
Only nine months prior to the mass killing, amid pressure to investigate
Jones' cult, Milk
wrote a Feb. 19, 1978, letter of support for the Peoples Temple to
then-President Jimmy Carter:
letter to President Carter in support of Jones (photo: brasscheck.com)
Milk wrote that Jim Jones was known "as a man of the highest character, who
has undertaken constructive remedies for
social problems which have been amazing in their scope and effectiveness."
Prior to the mass killing, he also accused Timothy Stoen, former Peoples
Temple member and leader of the group that went to rescue relatives from
Jonestown, of "attempting to damage Rev. Jones reputation" with "apparent
WND White House correspondent
Les Kinsolving, a journalist for the San Francisco Examiner during Jones'
ascent to power and influence there, shortly before he moved his cult to
in a column the relationship between Jones and Milk.
His writing concerned the Sean Penn movie, "Milk." Kinsolving cited
columnist Dan Flynn's concerns about "how Gus Van Sant could have made a
film about Harvey Milk without casting a 'Jim Jones' role."
The Flynn column accused Harvey Milk and "the San Francisco left" of
allowing Jones to conduct his "criminal enterprise in
San Francisco with impunity."
"When veteran journalist Les Kinsolving penned an eight-part investigative
report on Peoples Temple for the San Francisco Examiner in 1972, his editors
buckled under pressure from Jones and killed the report halfway through,"
wrote Flynn. "Kinsolving quipped that the Peoples Temple was 'the best-armed
house of God in the land,' detailed the kidnapping and possible murder of
disgruntled members, exposed Jones' phony faith healing, highlighted Jones'
vile school-sanctioned sex talk with children and directed attention toward
the Peoples Temple's massive welfare fraud that funded its operations.
"Unfortunately four of the series of eight articles were jettisoned after
Jones unleashed hundreds of protesters to the San Francisco Examiner, a
programmed letter-writing campaign and a threatened lawsuit against the paper.
The Examiner promptly issued a laudatory article on Jones. … " wrote Flynn.
Kinsolving's column revealed reports that after Milk was killed, all mention
of connections between Milk and Jones "were intentionally obscured."
Sexual relationships with young men
As WND reported, Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle
reporter, wrote a favorable and telling biography of Milk called "The Mayor
of Castro Street."
Thomasson delivered copies of pages in the 1982 book to members of the
California Assembly in August. The book describes Milk's sexual
relationships with a 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and other young men. The
following are some passages in the book:
"...sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father
figure. ... At thirty-three, Milk was launching a new life, though he
could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new
lover would pull him." (Pages 30-31)
"It would be to such boyish-looking men in their late teens and early
twenties that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life." (Page
"Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse
problems." (Page 180)
"Harvey confided one night that at twenty-four, Doug was the oldest man
Harvey had ever started an affair with." (Page 237)
Shilts chronicles Milk's affairs with teenagers and young men. According to
one passage cited by SaveCalifornia, Milk explained to his lover why he
should be allowed to have multiple relationships simultaneously:
As homosexuals, we can't depend on the heterosexual model. ... We grew up
with the heterosexual model, but we don't have to follow it. We should be
developing our own life-style. There's no reason why you can't love more
than one person at a time. You don't have to love them all the same. You
love some less, love some more – and always be honest with everybody about
where you're at. They in turn can do the same thing and it can open up a
bigger sphere. (Pages 237-238)
Thomasson said the book also reveals that Milk publicly lied for years about
the end of his Navy career and
had not been kicked out for being homosexual. Milk served as a diving
officer aboard the submarine rescue ship, the USS Kittiwake, during the
Korean War. He was discharged in 1955 for undisclosed reasons:
He had not suffered this disgrace, he told a later campaign manager, but he
knew the story would make good copy. If anyone said something to Harvey
about his fondness for such stunts, he would gesture wildly as he launched
into a lecture. "Symbols, symbols, symbols," he insisted. Sure he had not
been kicked out of the military, but he had a dozen friends who had their
lives muddled by anti-gay purges in the services. The point of the story was
to let people know that service people routinely do get
kicked out. Besides, he once confided, "Maybe people will read it, feel
sorry for me, and then vote for me." (Pages 78-79)
"The Mayor of
Castro Street," Page 79
A SurveyUSA poll found that
69 percent of Californians objected to making Milk's birthday a statewide
"day of significance" while 11 percent remained unsure. Only 19 percent
agreed with the plan.
Nonetheless, Schwarzenegger signed the bill just months after President
Obama honored Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in August.
The text of the bill states, "It is the intent of the Legislature that the
exercises … be integrated into the regular school program, and be conducted
by the school or institution within the amount otherwise budgeted for
"No child is safe from the sky-is-the-limit sexual indoctrination if they
are left in the government school system," Thomasson said today. "They'll be
hit with Harvey Milk Day in May, endure the pro-'LGBT' 'Day of Silence' in
April, and, due to pre-existing sexual indoctrination laws, be pressured to
support anything-goes heterosexual-homosexual-bisexual-transsexual behavior
in health, literature, and social studies."
He added, "This is a red alert for parents. Your child will be sexually
indoctrinated if left in the government-school system. Parents are waking up
to the fact that to protect their kids from being sexually brainwashed, they
must not only keep them home on Harvey Milk Day, but they must rescue their
children by placing them in homeschooling or a solid church school."